Developing Outreach and Employability through Innovative Teaching

A group of student historians from Loughborough are heading out into schools across the UK this winter on a mission to research teaching. The staff-student collaboration project, Developing Outreach and Employability through Innovative Teaching, led by Dr.Catherine Armstrong and final-year student Lauren Porter involves students observing how history is taught in schools. Both primary andRead more

Video Podcasts to Support Student Placement Searching

Six final year students from the School of Business and Economics (SBE) have shared their experiences of placements to help those now hunting for a place for next year. The students worked for a range of different companies, from KPMG to Nottingham Panthers. Their experiences had been very different with one exception – all saidRead more

Using a Community of Practice to Enhance Learning and Teaching

Identifying and sharing innovative teaching practice is moving forward in the School of Business and Economics thanks to a Teaching and Innovation Award. The team leading the research have created a Community of Practice, or “teaching forum” which combines events, featuring short presentations, discussions and questions, with online resources on a dedicated Learn page. TheRead more

Empowering students to develop a ‘user friendly’ framework for Learn

The staff/student team who secured a Teaching Innovation Award to understand how to make the most of Learn are well underway with their collaborative project. During the summer the team undertook an audit of all 2014/15 Undergraduate Learn pages used within the School of Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences (SSEHS). The audit was set against theRead more

#technoparticipation – practice-as-research

This week Loughborough’s active technology enhanced teaching practice features in an conference at Brunel University.    Lee Campbell from the School of the Arts, English and Drama is presenting and creating research around his Teaching Innovation Award (TIA) project looking at how Skype and similar technologies can develop richer professional learning communities.    Here, in theRead more

E-Qual – new app to teach coding of qualitative data

The aim of most undergraduate research methods courses is to introduce students to the theory and techniques associated with quantitative and qualitative research. However, teaching such skills can be challenging, particularly when instructing large groups of students; the topics covered can be diverse and the subjective nature of qualitative coding can prove difficult for someRead more

Awards raise profile of teaching in academia

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Loughborough University’s newest National Teaching Fellow has highlighted teaching awards as a key driver in developing academics’ teaching careers. Speaking at the 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards, Dr Peter Willmot from the Wolfson School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering  talked of his delight when teaching received international recognition for developing researchers and engineers. Pro Vice ChancellorRead more

Academics' teaching innovation takes awards

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Supporting dissertation students and improving the ways we use technology to develop learning are at the heart of this year’s 2014 Teaching Innovation Awards winning bids. The Teaching Centre has invested a total of £18,443.26 in the winning projects to proactively enhance student learning not only in the six departments who won, but across the University.Read more

Reminder- Teaching Awards

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Please note that the closing date for submission of documentation relating to Teaching Innovation Awards is Friday 7th March 2014, directly to the Teaching Centre. For applications relating to Research-informed Teaching Awards, the closing date is Monday 28th April 2014. Further details on Teaching Innovation Awards can be found on the Teaching Centre website. FurtherRead more

Improving the learning experience

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There is a major feature in the latest news at lboro (pp.12-13) regarding the Teaching Centre in an article entitled “Improving the learning experience”. Indeed, our work with students, their representatives and colleagues across campus features on the Spring 2014 cover page! The major focus of the articles are the Teaching Innovation Awards (TIAs), the nextRead more

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